Note the similarity in fanon!Snape's
hairstyle to Sephiroth's
. You should probably be taking notes; this might be on a quiz later.
Would you draw me with your pencils and your pens
Make me much prettier than I really am?
— Dimensions and Verticals, Say Hi To Your Mom
So you've got this series. Maybe it's a TV show. Maybe it's a movie or video game. It got pretty good reviews—or, you know, maybe it didn't
. It's now built up a fanbase. Folks are writing fanfics
, drawing fanart
, and spreading the joy over the Internet. So far, so good, right?
Well, there's one thing. The series as it originally stood was sort of... missing
Maybe it was directed mostly at the opposite gender from some of its fans
. Maybe the art style didn't really have enough Generic Cuteness
. Maybe the primary audience was children, so out of a few isolated instances
, making attractive characters wasn't really the primary goal of the series. Or maybe the original was a book
, so the appearances of the characters were mostly left up to the reader's imaginations. Whatever the case, the series finds itself without a Mr
or Ms. Fanservice
other object of fan lust
However, this state won't necessarily last long. One (or more) of the characters is going to end up transformed into the unofficial fandom sex object (or at least made far more attractive in fanart
). If they were originally ugly
, they'll be made achingly beautiful
in fanart. If they were originally cartoony and flat, expect them to pick up curves
. They may be attacked by Relationship Sues
. The fans have decided to instigate Self-Fanservice
. The targets of this can vary—in a cast without Loads and Loads of Characters
, this can happen to one of the primary male
characters simply because they're there. It can happen to villains
, because Evil Is Sexy
. And if your cast has a good woobie
, the angst factor may draw fans in.
To a casual member or newcomer to a fandom, this can seem strange, seeing an ordinarily unattractive (in a bland way
) character suddenly drawn in shirtless poses
with a seductive look.
May lead to or be caused by an Ensemble Darkhorse
or a Draco in Leather Pants
. A leading cause of the childhood-scarring properties of Rule 34
. Compare Perverse Sexual Lust
. When it's an adaptation that ups a plain character's sexiness, it's Adaptational Attractiveness
. Despite the name, not related to being Distracted by My Own Sexy
Examples (by original media):
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Anime and Manga
- With regard to Pokémon - Misty, May and Dawn receive insane amounts of fanart in which they are aged up, complete with everything that comes with puberty. Some of the former is the work of the female fanbase - it comes from having a romance subplot with the Chaste Idiot Hero and the need to make her a plausible Love Triangle center in fanfiction, justified in part by how her sisters look...but for the most part it's the guys.
- However, Ash, Gary, Drew, Paul and Kenny also have their share of fangirls as well, even Tracey has some. Oddly, the only main character without hoards of fangirls is probably Brock.
- Tracey usually does match his description and characterization, though.
- Given how Dragon Ball Z fangirls see him, you probably wouldn't think that Vegeta was a perpetually scowling midget.
- The eponymous characters of Akagi and Kaiji are often getting their (rather... bizarre) faces turned more into standard Bishōnen style.
- One Piece: Although most of the characters with Estrogen Brigades are already conventionally good-looking or otherwise close to it, and therefore do not warrant Self Fanservice, Spandam - much reviled by male fans as a fugly Smug Snake, but Draco in Leather Pants to more than a few female fans - often gets this treatment.
- Pretty Cure fan art, especially that of Yes! Pretty Cure 5 and Heartcatch Pretty Cure, has a tendency to depict the (middle school aged, usually flat-chested) girls with distinctly more mature bodies.
- Nnoitra, the creepy, spoon-wearing, Blood Knight with weird teeth from Bleach gets turned into a Bishōnen in a lot of fanart.
- This happens to 90% of the characters in Naruto. Hinata is described by the databooks as rather plain and bookish, but fanart tends to make her out to be this gorgeous goddess. Sakura has a small chest and fanart tends to make her out to be a goddess too.
- Databook descriptions aside however, Kishimoto draws Hinata buxom and cute as a button while Sakura reaps all the benefits of Generic Cuteness and makes up for her lack of endowment with a different focal point.
- Some people are trying to figure out what Shinigami-sama looks like behind his mask. Of course, since his son is the somewhat Bishounen Death The Kid, people (read: mostly fangirls) think that he must be even more good looking.
- Well the Hungarian dub DID give him a rather sexy voice when he went serious. On a different note, this may be a moot point since every single time his clothes were damaged, it was quite obviously visible that he had no physical body underneath that shroud.
- He's the anthropomorphic personification of death. What do you expect to find under the mask?
- The manga has, in fact, indicated that Shinigami might have/had a human form at one point; one, Mosquito knows what the Lines of Sanzu are, which Shinigami doesn't obviously have at the moment, and two Kid is a sort-of clone of Shinigami.
- Maka occasionally gets this as well, albeit to a lesser extent; granted, she's fairly cute to begin with, but some fans seemed to miss the memo that she's above an A-cup.
- Stein too. He's far from ugly (he's considered attractive in a weird way), but a lot of fanart depicts him as a generic Bishounen.
- Axis Powers Hetalia, of all series, gets some of this too. There's a Cuba/Canada doujinshi somewhere where, aside of having super Moe Canada, turns Cuba, who in canon is a chubby and Hot Blooded Jerk with a Heart of Gold, into a slim, suave and super handsome Latin Lover. Even though one of the main charms of the Cuba/Canada pairing is to have a non-traditionally-handsome guy getting the romantic attention of another male and thus proving that looks don't matter.
- England sometimes gets hit with a milder version of this trope. While the majority of his fans do recognize that his combative personality and Big Ol' Eyebrows are his major Charm Points and leave them intact, there are still some who "improve" him by softening his personality to make him into an unironic gentleman (even though England being hilariously unsuited for the gentlemanliness he claims to possess in so many ways is one of the defining marks of his character).
- The huge lot of Russia fanarts in which he gets a nose job and a liposuction, making him another victim of Generic Cuteness.
- While Taiwan is a very pretty girl and is referred to as such in canon, her breast size often goes rom "on the average-to-small" side to "Ukraine level".
- The same can be said of Belarus. Since breast size tends to be genetic and she's Ukraine's sister, it can be justified, but it's rather jarring when fanon "bust charts" portray her as bigger than Hungary.
- Belgium also gets this treatment occasionally, which may be justified as she's usually wearing heavy clothing in canon, but during the 2010 Christmas event, we actually get to see her in her bra, and she has a very average-sized chest.
- Although age tends to be vague, the younger-looking Liechtenstein, Seychelles, and Wy get aged up quite often in fanart, sometimes to the point where it's a bit jarring.
- America is shown shirtless in canon. While he's no lightweight, his muscles are still about half the size fandom commonly portrays them.
- A similar case with Thailand whose body muscle (as shown in Hetalia Bloodbath 2010) is kinda normal, is buffed up in fan art} Then again, these arts often go by the fanon of him being into Muay Thai (the national Thai sport), which requires any practitioner to have rather heavy musculature.
- France's body hair can be greatly reduced or absent in fanart. Same with Turkey and Grandpa Rome, but they've got a huge Fan Yay following that love it.
- Prussia is sometimes drawn as far more muscular than he is in canon. Sometimes he'll have the same amount of muscle (or even more) as his brother in the same fanart.
- Ponyo's father, Fujimoto, often loses his long nose and wrinkles in fanart.
- Slam Dunk: In canon, the characters are generally good looking but in the most masculine way possible. Fangirls tend to forget this and draw them as generically pretty.
- Junji Ito's character Souichi has a small but vocal amount of fangirls. You know, the creepy, occult obsessed nail biting anemic boy (and in a dream, psycopathic manchild, who tends to get most of the love)
- Fate Zero: Kariya Matou wasn't the prettiest person alive, even before he had the worms transplanted in him,◊ but since he's such a generous person, some artists have seen fit to (WARNING, THESE LINKS ARE ALL NSFW) give him a more palatable appearance, sometimes even downplaying the popped veins in his infected form and turning him into a White-Haired Pretty Boy who just happens to have a bit of a facial distortion.
- Kurogane from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle. He is genuinely attractive (just very, very masculine) but fangirls tend to portray him as a skinny, feminine Pretty Boy. Some fanartists, however, do the exact opposite and draw him with so much bulk you wonder how his armor still fits.
- Hellsing: Alexander Anderson tends to become a Bishounen in fan-art. His Fan Yay on the other hand tends to make him a hulking tower of muscle.
- There is a ton of fanart depicting Renamon with more tits and ass than she normally has. Renamon is human-sized (well, kid-sized) and has a more adult personality than most of the other Mons in the franchise, even that season, so she's shippable... but lacks certain attributes in the chest area that fanartists are more than happy to add.
- Though Fairy Tail already has a lot of fanservice and all of the major and minor characters being drawn to be highly attractive there are still two cases of this. Levy is the only post-puberty character with a flat chest while fanart tends to draw her either being just as well-endowed as everyone else or increasing her breast size by at least a cup. Such as here and here. Wendy gets aged up in fanart with everything that comes with it. It's supported by her Edolas counterpart being older and drawn to be just as attractive as everyone else. Sometimes it doesn't age her up.
- Gray is fairly fit in the series, but fanartists have a tendency to draw him huge.
- Kotoura-san has an In-Universe example. Manabe's fantasies about Haruka always have her being much curvier than she actually is.
- The Joker gets this quite frequently, ESPECIALLY after The Dark Knight. Granted, Heath Ledger was a pretty guy, but his Joker looks quite gross with his poor hygiene, wrinkled face and nasty scars. Of course, he becomes a pretty bishonen with cool scars in loads of fanart.
- Wolverine. He's a shortnote , surly man with more body hair then a bear. Count how many times he's given a height boost, a full-body wax, and just made flat-out generic handsome.
- Being played by Hugh Jackman in the movies for one. The comics version hasn't looked like the day-one version in a very long time.
- This often happens to the kids from Peanuts. A few examples would be this picture of Lucy and Schroeder, this Linus, or this Peppermint Patty.
- In the original versions of Lex Luthor, he isn't exactly ugly, but he isn't as attractive as the current media portrays him.
- The Harry Potter fandom, of course. Snape was originally supposed to be rather unattractive, with greasy hair, pale skin, and a long, hooked nose. You would think this would have put more people off, but no. Of course, many of these people were simply finding the actor who portrays him in the movie to be rather attractive.
- Lucius Malfoy is another example. He's not unattractive in the books, but that's because he's given virtually no description at all. Put Jason Isaacs in a blond wig and fancy wizard clothes? Now you're talking.
- And Lucius' son, played by Tom Felton, isn't too shabby himself.
- This actually came up in one of the interviews with J.K. Rowling, once — she mentioned not quite understanding Draco's leather-pantsed status, pointing out that she never said he was attractive in the actual books.
- Hermione, however, is by far and large the best-known example of this trope; the fans who use her as a Possession Sue will have her undergo a makeover, making her bushy hair slick, and having her grow "curves in all the right places" over summer vacation, to get all the boys lusting after her. Saturday Night Live even ran a skit about it.
- Crowley is almost always depicted as suavely handsome in the Good Omens fandom, which does make sense. Aziraphale was also commonly portrayed as angelically beautiful in early GO fandom, but more recent fanworks seem to be moving away from this trope in regards to him, going for a more plausibly middle-aged, plump, and/or bookish appearance. Some of them do go the Nerds Are Sexy route, but it's still a far cry from pretty!Aziraphale.
- There's fan art for A Series of Unfortunate Events which depicts one of the minor villains— a bald, big-nosed Dirty Old Man who sometimes wears a scruffy white wig— as a gothy White-Haired Pretty Boy.
- Although he isn't a tremendously popular character, Reek aka Theon Greyjoy from A Song of Ice and Fire often gets this treatment in fanart. While in canon he is described as white-haired, emaciated, looks about twenty years older than he is, and just generally pitiful to look at, fanart tends to tone this down (most usually the premature aging). This tends not to be as extreme as other examples though, as his pitiful condition seems to be the source of his fans.
- Raistlin in Dragonlance (described as bone-thin, weak and all-around unattractive) is prone to this, being depicted as a White-Haired Pretty Boy in fanart, but then again he's depicted as quite handsome-looking in some official art so this trope is understandable.
Live Action TV
- Oh, the things the LazyTown fandom does to Sportacus and Robbie Rotten... The extreme athleticism of the former and... suspicious bulge of the latter may be bordering on Parent Service. Either way, the Periphery Demographic has made some... interesting things of both of them. And, from an entirely different quarter, Stephanie. She's quite often subject to She Is All Grown Up or simply artists forgetting how old she's supposed to be (namely, ten-ish.)
- Apparently some Supernatural fans think that Gabriel isn't pretty enough and thus give him a new, drop-dead gorgeous vessel in their fanfics so that he can fit the archangel part better in looks. No, really. There's even a post on fanficrants about it.
- The Vocaloid Ryuto (Gachapoid) tends to lose his buck teeth in fan art.
- Even Miku, the legendary ambassador of all things moe, receives this. Never mind that they have Meiko, Luka and Haku, some fans will draw Miku with huge breasts.
- BIONICLE, features mostly robotic but still humanoid characters. It goes to reason that fan artists will try to humanize them even more, or smooth out their metal parts to create a sleeker appearance. For a more direct example, compare Toa Gali as a set◊ and in fan art◊.
- Unsurprisingly, Samus Aran has been getting a triple serving of it ever since the introduction of the Zero Suit. See for yourself: original artwork,◊ Brawl,◊ fan art. Look on the bright side: at least it doesn't make her look too different from her canon portrayal. Although it can conflict with her status as an Action Girl.
- Alma from the F.E.A.R. games.
- Dark Link, a mindless, faceless living shadow is almost always drawn as a white haired pretty boy, often with peach skin and normal eyes in reference to Shadow Link from the The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures manga.
- The only time Dark Link has had a face (along with a regular Master Sword) is in Super Smash Bros Brawl and even that's due to Palette Swap issues. When you fight him in an event match, Dark Link is his normal faceless self.
- A good bit of Midna fanart (the ones by Japanese fan artist Dogear, in particular) up her from amply-curved to extremely amply-curved. Though there's just as much that goes the opposite extreme and makes her sort of a reverse-Pettanko...
- Navi. In the game, she's a floating ball of light with wings; in the fanart she's sort of an angel with fairy wings & a skimpy costume/wearing nothing. This goes for other fairies in the series that have the same design, but of course Navi is the most well-known.
- The straight example is Magus from Chrono Trigger. His official art Looks Like Orlok, but you'd never guess it from the fanwork.
- Mario, Luigi, and even Wario and Waluigi have had this happen to them.
- Mario is a short, plump, round-faced guy with a big nose and solid mustache. When the trope is applied, you get the most average looking anime character in existence that happens to be wearing a red cap with overalls, that used a pencil to scribble on their upper lip. Oddly enough he'll always stand taller than Peach, even though not a single video game has portrayed him taller than the princess. Luigi is the same, just taller. Wario replaces all fat with muscles, maybe a slightly thicker mustache, and Waluigi is just a sly, tall, lanky version of Mario.
- Both Peach and Daisy also get this a lot. It's considered a fetish to a good amount of people. Peach goes from a slightly ditzy, easily tricked lady with plain expressions, to a total sex goddess, with absolutely nothing overly sexual about her character other than that she's pretty. The fans amp up the boobs and remove 50% of her dress. This is assuming she's in a dress and not something skimpier...
- Izanami, the True Final Boss of Persona 4, looks only slightly attractive in her non-human yet non-boss form. Then certain fanart transformed her rather gorgeous versions of herself.
- The Psychonauts fandom has pulled this off both with the hero, Raz (Shotacon ahoy, given that Raz is supposed to be 10), and local Ensemble Dark Horse and potenial Woobie Sasha Nein. Sometimes, er, both at once.
- Not entirely averted in the Star Control fandom, where female fans sometimes draw aliens in human bodies without making them sexy. Even Human!ZEX isn't a Bishounen... but the recent posts in the Livejournal community do tend to skew toward alternate-universe Hurt Comfort Fanart.
- Giving the VUX flexible necks, longer head-tentacles, and a smaller eye goes a long way◊ towards making them more appealing while still being, well, VUX. Though that may have been artistic license and a need for a visible reaction to get the joke across in this case.
- All the Special Infected (also, less often, the Uncommon Infected) in Left 4 Dead especially the Witch and the Hunter. (Most of all the Witch.) Compare this image◊ of how they appear in-game to this fanart (not an extreme example), and that's not even getting into shipping them.
- Even fans who aren't really trying to pretty them up generally draw them younger than the character models appear to be, i.e. as young adults or sometimes teenagers; the Special Infected may be Younger Than They Look as a side effect of the virus (this is a common fan theory), but they still look like they're at least in their thirties in-game. Again, this happens the most with the Witch and the Hunter. Mind you, getting close enough to take a good look at their faces in-game (as opposed to in Garry's Mod or looking at a reference picture) is difficult and inadvisable, so this is forgivable.
- Also, since a lot of their grossness comes from icky details, simplifying an Infected's appearance will obviously make them cuter as well.
- This (NSFW). While the Witch can be considerably cuter with removal of some of her infection details, the one with the pigtails is suppose to be the jaw-molten Spitter.
- Characters from Ōkami find themselves subject to this quite a bit. Perpetually masked Oki is invariably assumed to be Bishōnen under the disguise and tiny, Napoleon Issun usually ends up as a cute boy. The most notable example has to be the protagonist, Amaterasu. In the game, she's a nonanthropomorphic wolf. In fanart... well, maybe you should just see for yourself. (It is true that the wolf isn't Amaterasu's original form and that one character sees her as an attractive young woman, but the player doesn't get to see this, so it still counts as an example.)
- Amaterasu has gotten to the point where people seriously want Amaterasu to appear in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 in her human goddess form... even though it doesn't exist in her game.
- A few Pokemon characters get this. For example, the game Silver has a large fan base that tend to make him more Tsundere and less of a Jerkass. His original design gets cleaned up, looking less harsh, but his remake one is already pretty Bishōnen.
- Red is an interesting case. While he isn't ugly per say he is more or less quite young. Even at age fourteen in the original games, he is still a rather scrawny looking kid with unruly hair. Fans however ignore this, making him Bishōnen and combing his hair down. Even for the remakes, fans use this design, despite the fact he has a new design which is slick and Bishōnen at that age.
- Pokemon Special's Red actually resembles fan!Red more closely. There are also some 4komas that give Red straighter hair.
- Fan arts of feminine-looking Pokémon (such as Gardevoir) are usually drawn more attractively.
- Mewtwo is quite popular among Furries.
- Cynthia often gets a few cup sizes larger than she is in canon.
- May is often drawn with breasts several cups larger than her canon one, which can't be bigger than a B and isn't very noticeable. This is partially thanks to the anime, where her breast size was very inconsistent until her reappearance in Sinnoh.
- Fanart for Ghetsis freakin' Harmonia tends to ditch his robes and lessen some of his harsher features. Often he ends up rivaling N for prettiness.
- Granted, Splash Woman is cute and has a pretty good waistline for a mermaid, but most fanart of her (and there's a lot) puts her in all manner of seductive poses, give her a larger bust, and generally make her out to be some sort of goddess. Probably uncoincidentally, she's the first (and so, far, the only) enemy female Robot Master.
- Touhou, due to being about ninety percent fandom and possessing official character art that... leaves much to be desired. Oddly enough the majority of drawings are fairly true to the characters (young girls are drawn like young girls, older women are drawn like older women etcetera), though more bizarre interpretations are certainly not absent.
- Touhou is a unique variation of this trope. Characters are not drawn more attractive merely to be more attractive, ZUN is simply a terrible drawer and therefore fans improve on them in an effort to portray their "actual" appearance. It helps that there are official examples, significant improvements to characters' apperances present in any work in which ZUN did not draw them, most notably in the fighting Gaiden Games and guidebooks like Perfect Memento in Strict Sense and Symposium of Post-Mysticism.
- The fanbase for Team Fortress 2 is full of this trope. Don't be surprised to find fanart of all the classes depicted as young and sexy (though in the Scout's case, he gets more of the latter due to being the youngest of the bunch). Yes, even the Heavy. As a fangirl favorite, Medic is especially prone to this. And let's not get started on the female versions of most characters.
- The Pyro gets this in spades since no one knows what his true face looks like (or even if he's either male or female). Expect to find fanart of unmasked Pyro as either a pretty boy or an attractive girl.
- Disgaea characters get this done to them sometimes, although it's almost always Etna and Flonne.
- On the other hand, lolicons find Etna and Flonne (especially Etna) to be an excellent source of fanservice just the way they are.
- Kirby fans mostly leave the characters alone...except for Zero Two, who is continually transformed from a floating white ball into an angel in fanart.
- Whenever Kirby is drawn as a human fans typically don't make him that chubby. You'll often see Dedede not being as big as you'd expect either.
- Sonic the Hedgehog: Blaze the Cat is quite a prominent target of this. Fan Art tends to give her a humanoid body and greatly expand her bust size. Even when the rest of the cast are normal.
- While a good deal of Kingdom of Loathing fan art uses the same simplistic stick figure art style as the game itself, there's still some artists that invoke this from time to time.
- The MOTHER series, this happens a lot with no other than Porky. Yes, the fat, shorty, smelly, pale nerd-guy appears as a hottie from time to time. There is even a whole deviantArt group about them.
- Duster also gets this treatment quite a lot.
- Juhani and Mical (aka "The Disciple") from Knights of the Old Republic have had their character models tweaked by fanart and mods to make them look more attractive.
- Beyond Good And Evil's Jade, although attractive on her own, is known for her lack of fanservicey-ness, because, in contrast to the trends where many female game protagonists are involved, she dresses sensibly and has realistic, er, proportions. Along come the fanartists, dressing her in skimpy clothing and giving her a bustline ranging from "maybe she's wearing a push-up bra in this one" to "Holy back problems, Batman!"
- On the fangirl end of the scale, there's Double H. Although he has an appealing personality, his character design isn't especially attractive. Fanart either tends to soften his extremer traits, making him more conventionally handsome, or ignore them completely to make him cute and adorable.
- A divisive example of this is fan-made mods for games like Skyrim and the Dragon Age series, where in-game modifications to "beautify" characters like Aela the Huntress and Aveline exist, though male characters aren't immune either. Far more controversial are the mods that give Dragon Age's Isabella lighter skin, especially if they're explicitly stated by the mod's creator to be self-fanservice.
- Corn from Jet Set Radio Future. Compare how he looks in-game◊ to how he looks in fan art. Yeah.
- A lot of the more human characters from Yume Nikki get this treatment. Take Shitai-san, who is a dead guy in game. Most fanart depicts him as a Bishounen.
- The humanoid women from Skylanders get hit by this a lot.
- Given that the titular character from Bayonetta is a Fetish Fuel Station Attendant, and the entire game runs on a 50/50 blend of Rule Of Cool and Rule of Sexy, there wouldn't be any place for this trope, right? Wrong. Most fanart tends to give her more natural proportions with her arms, legs and neck despite increasing her bosom and behind, and she often lets that gigantic beehive of a hairdo down, apparently forgetting it's basically the ammunition for her combat magic. And her clothes, but then she's frequently drawn wearing real leather instead of a hair-suit. She also often ends up helpless, overpowered, submissive and in outright bondage, which are the only ones that really make her creator Hideki Kamiya angry, as he intended her to a dominant Action Girl.
- A weird example with Sarah Kerrigan from StarCraft. She starts out as a fairly sexy human character, who over the course of the series gets infested by the Zerg and turned into the Queen of Blade. While her infested form still looks sexy, the official look is more of a creepy kind of sexy, with major Uncanny Valley and Squick involved. Yet, a lot of fans ignore parts of those factors and made her look more sexy in fanarts. Ironically, StarCraft II has her gradually getting a relooking over the course of the game when she goes through a (sort of) Heel Face Turn, leading her to get a slightly less disturbing, more beautiful look that would fits the portrayal in said fanarts.
- Quite possibly lampshaded in this◊ Brawl in the Family strip (original page found here).
- Given the cartoonish style of Homestuck, there's a lot of room for interpretation as to how attractive the characters are, but the Trolls are generally drawn in fanart as pretty good-looking for grey-skinned, horned aliens.
- It's actually inverted with the Exiles and other characters from Prospit/Derse, who are often drawn with carapaces, claws, and other details that are left out of the more stylistic art of the main series.
- The scrawny, wheel-chair bound Tavros is depicted as being The Big Guy shockingly often.
- The Troll Ancestors are often drawn with much smaller horns than they canonically have, but this is understandable since the horns can get insanely large. This can get less understandable for the Troll Kids' horns, however, which have obvious but simple designs but get reinterpeted quite often to suit the artist's desires. Tavros, despite having the largest horns by far, will often get drawn with smaller, sometimes thin horns for the sake of convenience.
- Special mention has to go to Equius, who's a sweaty brute with broken teeth and poor hygiene in canon. But give him a shower and a stylist...why hel-LO there. Here he is as a human.
- Whether cherub fanartists will play straight, avert, or invert this trope is often a crapshoot. On the whole, it seems that if a piece of art is supposed to be light-hearted, fluffy, or shippy, you can expect them to be drawn in a cutesy, Super-Deformed sort of style with their grotesque features minimized or stylized for maximum cutesiness. If it's supposed to be a more serious picture, depictions run the gamut from what they basically look like in canon to... well... (Spoilers here, obviously!)◊
- The Striders tend to get this treatment by fanartists very often.
- Freefall: Florence Ambrose in canon. Florence Ambrose in fanon.◊note
- The Order of the Stick used to have threads on its forum titled "Oots Fanservice" to gather fanart. Since the comic is drawn in stick figure style, any fanart depicting them as attractive is Self Fanservice. Since some characters (Haley, Elan, and Miko) are said in-universe to be attractive, it's natural to draw them as such.
- The elf Vaarsuvius is perfectly androgynous and, by implication, not necessarily attractive to human eyes. But give the character the Woobie treatment and make their modestly-lengthed (purple) hair grow to long, wild and luxurious (purple) lengths as a side effect of a magic spell, and what you get is fanart and fanfic that accentuate the character's ethereal and feyish frailty, their delicate appearance, etc. And don't forget the pointed ear fetishism.
- It becomes apparent in Vaarsuvius fanart that his/her androgeny is difficult to translate into more detailed (i.e. not stick figure) art styles. So usually you get feminine features on an ambiguously feminine body.
- Spoofed in an arc of Manly Guys Doing Manly Things, where many of the hugely-muscled, hypermasculine characters contract Nomura Syndrome. According to the creator, all of the prettified characters are based on fanart she found (including, most notably, a tongue-in-cheek drawing of Sailor Pyramid Head).
- Homestar Runner.
- Strong Bad intentionally does this to himself all the time, and he invented Modestly Hot Homsar.
- On that matter, it looks like turning Strong Sad into a hoodie-wearing Emo kid has become increasingly popular. A rather thin one too.
- Several humanizations of Homestar have him as a White-Haired Pretty Boy.
- While nobody is denying that some of the people of That Guy with the Glasses are attractive anyway, fangirls turning the boys into skinny bishies and fanboys making the girls thinner and bustier than they are in real life are both popular.
- Taken to ridiculous levels in the Hate Fic/WankFic "Beer Enema". A lot of people think the Critic is attractive, yes, but there is no way you could think he has a "barbie doll face".
- Happy Tree Friends, with its Estrogen Brigade and humongous following on Pixiv, has a large percentage of its fanart containing Moe Anthropomorphisms of the critters. Not a big deal, but humanized Flippy is almost always a teenage Bishōnen, undoubtedly due to being a Draco in Leather Pants. Being that Flippy was a war veteran, he should theoretically be much older than how he's often drawn. And then there's Flaky, who despite her well-known androgyny tends to get a Girliness Upgrade thrown on her like a ton of bricks, as well as her dandruff getting drawn like Multicolored Hair.
- Ed Edd N Eddy, of all things. Generic Cuteness (...and Yaoi Fangirls/the Relationship Sue) struck the titular trio hard, but especially Double-D.
- Miimochi has what could be considered some of the best example(s) of EE&E Self Fanservice. (though all the character's tongues are the same... unusual colors as in the show...)
- More surprisingly, the Kanker Sisters also get a lot of this, especially Marie.
- South Park gets rampant anime-style fanart of the boys as Bishonens. Sometimes, you realize that the skinny, bishonen guy in the red shirt is supposed to be Cartman.
- Cartman is rarely drawn as obese as he seems on the show. He is usually just larger than the others. On a different note most fanarts also don't draw Kyle with a jewfro (instead making it into a vaguely curly, straight hairstyle), give Kenny longer hair, and give Butters more hair.
- The Goth Kids often get this; Henrietta, in particular, is a Fat Girl who's often drawn as very skinny in fanart.
- Fanart of Invader Zim as a Green Skinned Space Stud.
- Zim is not the only recipient of Self Fanservice in the series. Far from it.
- Did you know female Irkens are not actually supposed to have boobs? No, really, go check the show. See how flat Tak's chest is? Yeah, it's quite different than the fanart, isn't it?
- Canon Dib is a scrawny little 11-year-old boy with glasses and a big head. Fanon depictions add 5-7 years to his age and make him Tall, Dark and Handsome instead while still retaining his trademark Anime Hair.
- Like her brother, 10-year-old Gaz in fanart is aged up and given all the beauty that comes with it.
- Not even GIR is safe. Depictions of this kind make him into an adorable white-haired or green-haired cute boy wearing his dog suit like a hoodie.
- The Venture Brothers fanfiction makes the average men musclebound beefcake via Science Induced Phlebotinum. And turns Hank's and Dean's brotherly love into Yaoi. Not to mention those Brock on Doc fics where Doc somehow grows hair and muscles.
- In Metalocalypse, one minor, self-conscious use of this trope in the fandom involves giving Murderface a more flattering haircut than the triangular 'do he has in the show.
- Nathan also tends to lose his slight paunch and gets a sixpack instead.
- In Kim Possible fanfics, Ron, who is honestly pretty goofy looking, is usually amped up considerably in the looks department... to the point that some authors both hang a lampshade on it and apologize to the reader.
- There's a lot of Meg Griffin fanart on Deviantart, and just about all of it makes her look way more attractive than she is on the show. She's not as hideous as the show repeatedly claims, but she's not that pretty either. In this case, some of those pieces are as much a Take That as just Fanservice.
- Despite what her trademark yellow jumpsuit may make one think, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles April O'Neil would very rarely display cleavage while wearing it—even in cases when she realistically would. Of course this attribute is commonly made prominent in fan art.
- Due perhaps to heavy abuse of Thick-Line Animation, Danny Phantom has enourmous amounts of this, mostly directed towards the main eponymous character although resident Perverse Sexual Lust magnet Vlad certainly isn't bereft.
- The more clunky Transformers are sometimes transformed into very pretty, and noticeably more Human-like forms (usually for your CLANG action).
- Notably with a female shape. Especially when it's Starscream.
- In The Fairly OddParents fanworks, Tootie gets a lot of these. It's worth noticing that a majority of these do not involve The Glasses Gotta Go, as the fans seem to think she looks cute enough with them. She often gets better-looking glasses, though.
- Woody has a rather extraordinary number of fangirls (and boys), considering he's a foot-tall cowboy doll.
- Jessie tends to get a bit of extra "stuffing" in certain strategic areas in fanart.
- Heloise in Jimmy Two-Shoes. In the show, she looks like a little girl (Word Of God says she is 14ish). In fanart, she's a very busty and very sexy figure.
- Venger from Dungeons And Dragons is sometimes illustrated by fans as beautiful slab of beefcake with long flowing hair under his cowl.
- PBS is not exempt. Just look up WordGirl on deviantART, and you're sure to find that Becky's often been.... um, enhanced. And then there's the pairing pics.... (It doesn't help that the two most popular pairings are Becky/Tobey and Becky/Two-Brains.
- A minor character, Mr. Green from The Powerpuff Girls is often bishified in fanart despite the whole episode about him revolving about how scary he looks.
- Phineas And Ferb is getting this treatment too. Expect to see lots of bishonen versions of the characters, yaoi of the main characters, and sexy humanized versions of Perry the platypus.
- While Snow White is already beautiful, many fanartists tend to forget that's she's only 14 years old and meant to have a modest figure, opposed to being another hourglass hottie.
- There's a considerable amount of fan art for My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic that features human versions of the characters of the show. While most of it is G-rated, many artists take advantage of the opportunity to make sexier depictions of the characters without nose-diving into squick territory.
- Applebloom's friend' Twist, the nerdy pony with the speech problem, has her own share of photos. Fans make her look gorgeous.
- In Scooby-Doo fandom, Velma gets this a lot.
- Dexter and Mandark get a ton of this (despite being weird-looking in canon) in the Dexters Laboratory fandom. Expect Dexter to become a cute boy and Mandark the definiton of Nerds Are Sexy.
- Finding Nemo fans tend to forget that Marlin is supposed to be middle-aged and instead humanize him as a handsome, red-haired, Absurdly Youthful Father.
- On a side note, both Nemo and Gill get to keep their damaged arm (fin) in all fanart.
- On the topic of Pixar, humanizations of Mike Wazowski draw him as a handsome, green-haired emo guy with hair covering one eye.
- Superjail gets this a lot. The Warden is rather average looking in canon, but you wouldn't know that from the fan art! And let's not get started on the twins and Stingray...
- Happens quite a lot with Codename: Kids Next Door fan-art, which is inevitable considering 90% of the cast is under 13 and the art style isn't exactly sexy. But that still doesn't explain drawing Numbuhs 3 and 5 with large breasts.
- What fangirls do to Numbuh 2 must be seen to be believed.
- Several characters from Regular Show receive this treatment in some fanarts. Sometimes even Pops, Skips, and Muscle Man.
- Adventure Time fans have a habit of drawing Finn an a slim, cute boy with Eternally Pearly-White Teeth, with his flowing blonde hair, maybe a gap between two teeth or a missing one. In the show Finn is missing a good portion of his teeth and is on the pudgy side.
- Characters from Sponge Bob Square Pants are this when mixed with Moe Anthropomorphism. Patrick will hardly be fat and may be replaced with muscle, Sandy will go from skinny to rather well endowed and you can hardly find any Squidward that isn't bishonen - and they also tend to give him a luscious full head of hair.
- Fans also seem to forget that Mr. Krabs is quite possibly the oldest reccurring character, and make him look youthful and attractive.
- Dan Vs.: Dan has a tendecy to be protrayed as a generic pretty-boy in some fan works. Luckily, most fangirls like him just the way he is.
- Wreck-It Ralph gets hit with this in fandom where Sgt. Calhoun is often left alone but Ralph and Felix (although the two aren't lacking in standard fangirls and boys) do get hit with it. Some fans turn the two cartoonish-looking guys generically handsome up to full Pretty Boys (even though Ralph would fit better into the other gay-themed manga genre) and Ralph in particular tends to have all his chub gone and replaced with muscles. However, the two most common targets are Vanellope, who is very often drawn as all grown up and basically Hotter and Sexier (although some fans don't bother with the age up) and local leather pants wearer Turbo, who unlike any of the others isn't even cute and is rather freaky and creepy◊ in canon, is often turned into at least an Ugly Cute if not flat-out attractive racer who happens to have gray skin and yellow eyes and teeth as opposed to the Skull for a Head Evil Albino he is in canon.
- Many Recess characters recieve this in fanart. T.J. is the most notable, but it also happens a lot to Spinelli, Gretchen, Hustler Kid, and Butch.